With the Milwaukee Brewers all out of position players and tied at 6-6, manager Ron Roenicke called upon starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to pinch-hit on Tuesday night.
In the bottom of the tenth, Orioles pitcher T.J. McFarland intentionally walked slugger Mark Reynolds in favour of throwing to Gallardo.
With two outs and the count 2-0, McFarland left a fastball over the middle of the plate which Gallardo jumped all over, sending the ball deep into left field for a walk-off double, driving Reynolds home from first base.
Gallardo had been hitless in four previous pinch-hit attempts. Regardless, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was aware that Gallardo was waiting in the wings:
"We were well aware that Gallardo is one of their better hitters," Showalter said, speaking to ABC News:
"There are some decent hitting pitchers over here, we knew that coming in. I was hoping (Gallardo) had gone home to get ready for tomorrow. We knew he was over there."
Prior to last night, Gallardo was averaging just .071, with one hit from 14 at bats. He does, however, have a career average .204 with 12 home runs, making him easily the best hitter in the Brewer pitching ranks.
The 28-year-old is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday night, having missed his last start due to an ankle injury.
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